Mellow/Somber Ambient Albums

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So, I'm getting over a breakup and I just want to wallow myself in this sadness with some songs but I run out of sad songs. One day I listened to this track by M83 for the first time and I think, this is perfect for my situation. So, anyone has some recommendation? I'm not well-versed in ambient music. Thanks. Oh, here's the track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcMB1m5T44Q

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Saturday, 21 January 2012 09:52 (eight years ago) link

if you're feeling maudlin then bvdub will probly hit a spot

summer sun, something's begun, but uh-oh those tumblr whites (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 21 January 2012 11:37 (eight years ago) link

also try: the cocteau twins & harold budd's the moon and the melodies

summer sun, something's begun, but uh-oh those tumblr whites (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 21 January 2012 11:41 (eight years ago) link

basinski's disintegration loops, the first disc in particular

summer sun, something's begun, but uh-oh those tumblr whites (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 21 January 2012 11:42 (eight years ago) link

tim hecker, later period stars of the lid, aloof proof's piano text, rubycon-era tangerine dream, klf's chill out, tujiko noriko, oren ambarchi (but maybe not emo enough here), throbbing gristle's part two: the endless not

summer sun, something's begun, but uh-oh those tumblr whites (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 21 January 2012 11:46 (eight years ago) link

Maybe Dominic Woosey's Straylight? It has a few "cosmic" moments typical of early 90s ambient, but mostly it's a low-key and melancholic album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubU_0UhYyoY

Then there's of course Biosphere's classic Substrata, you can't get much more somber than that:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSMleoDGpzw

Tuomas, Saturday, 21 January 2012 11:56 (eight years ago) link

I've checked some of the recommendation but I don't know, they're good but don't really evoke the sentimental side of me. Not "emo" enough, if you like. Except stars of the lid, but I've already known them. Anyway, I was searching someplace else and found these bands that are closer to what I'm looking for: Hammock, Eluvium and A Winged Victory For The Sullen

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 22 January 2012 01:16 (eight years ago) link

Listen to these tracks:

Mogwai: "Tracy"
Mogwai: "Helicon 2"
Labradford: "Everlast"
Aphex Twin: "Rhubarb"
Kangding Ray: "La Belle"

Clarke B., Sunday, 22 January 2012 01:40 (eight years ago) link

Isn't there a thread about indie classical like Max Richter? I'd say that's pretty emo ambient, maybe even sounds like M83?

JacobSanders, Sunday, 22 January 2012 04:35 (eight years ago) link

The "classical" music you buy from Boomkat (2010): a thread to discuss Sylvain Chauveau, Johann Johannsson, Peter Broderick, Olafur Arnalds and others
The "classical" music you buy from Boomkat (2010): a thread to discuss Sylvain Chauveau, Johann Johannsson, Peter Broderick, Olafur Arnalds and others

Max Richter
Max Richter C/D/S/D

and I know there's another thread on this kind of music....

JacobSanders, Sunday, 22 January 2012 04:40 (eight years ago) link

eluvium!

scott seward, Sunday, 22 January 2012 04:56 (eight years ago) link

no one can resist the beautiful sadness of this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rluU6BGpKw

JacobSanders, Sunday, 22 January 2012 05:00 (eight years ago) link

A Winged Victory for the Sullen (adam wiltzie from Stars of the Lid plus piano composer dude Dustin O'Halloran) has a really emo name but the S/T from last year will make you stare out the window and agonize about your past in a good way

do it, Rockapella! (Z S), Sunday, 22 January 2012 05:35 (eight years ago) link

second bvdub, in particular seek 'the art of dying alone' every song title reads like a depressed madlib

oneohtrix and park (m bison), Sunday, 22 January 2012 05:36 (eight years ago) link

Why didn't anyone tell me that A Winged Victory for the Sullen was Adam Wiltzie?? That sounds liek my kind of afternoon.

JacobSanders, Sunday, 22 January 2012 05:44 (eight years ago) link

I was gonna say, the correct answer here is Eluvium, but you figured it out on your own. Well done.

If I were you, I'd get everything he has ever done. One of the finest, most beautiful catalogs of music ever.

alpine static, Sunday, 22 January 2012 06:31 (eight years ago) link

have you ever heard "return to innocence" by Enigma

frogs you are the dumbest asshole (frogbs), Sunday, 22 January 2012 07:58 (eight years ago) link

Most classic ambient (pre-Aphex, and non-New Age) can qualify. Since you like Hammock (who I think are sublime), can I suggest you look into the back catalogue of Jeff Pearce:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGTC_LbsqiM

Plato’s The Cave In Claymation (Sanpaku), Sunday, 22 January 2012 08:26 (eight years ago) link

jasper, tx - a darkness
steve roach & vidna obmana - cavern of sirens
coil - love's secret domain

i was a preteen blogger (Lamp), Sunday, 22 January 2012 08:32 (eight years ago) link

Celer qualifies here as well, especially the albums with just one or two pieces

Another Wein bites the dust (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 22 January 2012 11:53 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPGSEJEYoGQ

Siegbran, Sunday, 22 January 2012 12:32 (eight years ago) link

haha, I love Sasha's Airdrawndagger but I don't think any song from it fits as a soundtrack to my breakup.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 22 January 2012 12:43 (eight years ago) link

My recommendations for bummed-out ambience:

Blithe Sons - We Walk The Young Earth
Rameses III - I Could Not Love You More
Richard Skelton - Landings
Grouper - Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill
Richard Youngs - Sapphie
Loscil - Endless Falls
Scott Tuma - Not For Nobody
Mountains - Sewn
Nils Frahm - Felt

Bummed out-ness guaranteed on almost all those (at least one of them is dedicated to a dead wife and another is about a dead dog). The last two are somewhat less down in the dumps, but they are both v v pretty.

Derartu Cthulhu (NickB), Sunday, 22 January 2012 13:38 (eight years ago) link


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